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If you hesitate to delegate, you are not alone. Many managers would rather do everything themselves than have to figure out how to ask someone else to make decisions to complete tasks -- either for fear of coming across as too demanding or that the work will not be completed correctly. But a manager cannot personally accomplish every task. He or she must rely on other people to help achieve objectives. Like it or not, learning to delegate is a necessary part of business management. You can learn to delegate decision making by taking both your own perspective and that of your employee into consideration.
The first step in learning to delegate decision making is to decide what decisions you make can be delegated. Put your ego aside and ask yourself what skills or talents your subordinate may have that are better developed than yours for accomplishing certain tasks. That may be difficult, but it does not mean failure on your part, as good managers trust in and develop the talents of others. Just be sure to use the time you save when you delegate to complete work that best utilizes your own genius to make yourself shine in your own right. Learn that you do not have to give up control when you delegate.
Next, learn to delegate the decision making tasks you want done by developing your communications skills. Learn to communicate clearly exactly what the employee is expected to do and when exactly the employee is to have it done by. Be sure to give the employee enough autonomy to figure out the details as micro managing employees can slow down productivity and make employees feel that you lack confidence in their decision making ability. Also be sure employees know they can come to you with any questions and concerns they may have about a project.
Learn to accept failure as a part of growth when you delegate decision making by allowing the employee to make mistakes and to learn from them. Show your confidence in your subordinate by delegating another task soon after the one he or she made a mistake on. Realize that when you delegate work to an employee by making him or her a partner in the decision making process, you are helping the employee feel more valuable and appreciated in the company. Such shared decision making can lead to greater employee productivity as well as an increased level of communication between you and your subordinate.